Only nine days left in Two Notch Kindle Fire Giveaway!

1. The Drawing will be on March 10.

2. I will stop accepting entries on February 29.

3. The Man Who Saved Two Notch will be made available for free from February 1- 5. I’m afraid after that it will cost $2.99 to download the book from Amazon via the Kindle Store after Feb 5.  Unfortunately, the Kindle version is no longer free, but it’s still on $2.99!

4. You must answer the qualifying question to be officially entered into the drawing. The qualifying multiple choice question is as follows:

What is Abel Decker’s horse’s name?
1. Runner
2. Chubby
3. Crank
4. The name is never given.

5. Since it is multiple choice, you only have one shot at getting it right, so make sure you read the book before answering.

6. Email me your answer at member@rwridley.com with the subject line: The answer to the Two Notch question.

7. Don’t post the correct answer anywhere online. I was alerted to someone doing that during that last drawing, and I had to disqualify the person in order to be fair to everyone else. It wasn’t my favorite thing to do, but it had to be done.

8. You can download The Man Who Saved Two Notch here.

9. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a Kindle app for your phone or computer here, Free Kindle App

10. The only other qualification is that you must have an address within the United States where I can ship the Kindle Fire should you win. Nothing against you lovely people in other countries. It’s just really expensive for me to ship something outside of the US.

Winner!

There is a winner in the Spread the Word Kindle contest.  I’m just trying to hammer out some details, and make sure everything is cool.   I’ll have more details tomorrow.  Thanks!

UPDATE: The winner wishes to remain anonymous, which I have no problem with.  Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated.  The winner had over 260 confirmed spread the word points.

Free PDFs of Books in Free Kindle Contest

The Takers by R.W. Ridley

Lost Days by R.W. Ridley

Forgot to provide the links to the free PDFs of the books in the Spread the Word Kindle contest.  Click on the images to download PDF.  They are also available for purchase here:

The Takers

Lost Days

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Spread the Word Kindle Contest

Okay, I’m giving away another Kindle.  (Yeah, I know I just quit my job. Shh! Don’t tell my wife.)  This time it is strictly a word of mouth contest.  The more mouths you recruit, the more chances you have to win. I won’t be doing a drawing this time unless there is a tie.  The person who scores the most Spread the Word points wins the Kindle.

Two, Three, and Three

  • This content involves two of my books: The Takers and Lost Days.
  • There are three ways to spread the word about these books:  Email, Facebook,  and Twitter.
  • There are three places where you can access the ways to spread the word: Amazon, YouTube, and this blog post.

Amazon
On every Book page on Amazon, there are “Share Buttons.”  Here’s an example:

Close up view:

  • You score one point each time you use any of the buttons  to spread the word about The Takers or Lost Days.

Spreading the Word with Email
The email icon will open a window where you can enter the email address of a friend or family member.  Also include this email address: kindlecontest@rwridley.com. Next, be sure that your personal message includes this text:

I highly recommend this book!  Please help spread the word!

***Important – Be sure to include the following email address each time you use the “Email Share Button:” kindlecontest@rwridley.com.  This is so I can track your points.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open a window so you can post to your profile.  In your post, be sure to include this text:

I highly recommend this book!  Please help spread the word! @Lost Days

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post.  This will allow me to track your posts.  If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to Amazon.  You will have room to type a short message.  Please include the following message in your tweet:

Read this book by @RWRidley!

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your tweets. This will allow me to track your tweets.

YouTube
There are “Share Buttons” on YouTube. Here’s an example:

Close up view:

  • You score one point each time you use either of the buttons to spread the word about The Takers video or Lost Days video.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open a window so you can post to your profile.  Be sure to include the following text in the email:

Watch this video!  Read the book! Please help spread the word! @Lost Days

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post.  This will allow me to track your posts.  If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to YouTube.  You will have room to type a short message.  Please include the following message in your tweet:

Read the book by @RWRidley!

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your Tweets. This will allow me to track your Tweets.

This Blog Post
At the bottom of this post you will see “Share Buttons.”

I’ve circled the Facebook and Twitter buttons.

  • You score one point each time you use either of the buttons to spread the word about this contest.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open up a window so you can post to your profile.  Be sure to include the following text:

Find out how to win a Kindle, and find out about a great book! @LostDays

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post.  This will allow me to track your posts.  If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open up Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to this post.  You will have room to type a short message.  Please include the following message in your tweet:

Win a Kindle! @RWRidley

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your Tweets. This will allow me to track your Tweets.

Above and Beyond Points
This a little subjective, but if you do anything that is above and beyond just simply spreading the word to family and friends you can win more points. Examples of above and beyond actions:

  • Posting a fan video on YouTube
  • Creating a Facebook fan page and inviting all your friends to join
  • Getting your local book club to contact me
  • Telling Steven Spielberg the book would make a great movie
  • Some other great idea that only you can think of

To Be Clear
You can earn points for spreading the word about The Takers, Lost Days, or both.  You can spread the word about the paperback editions or the Kindle editions.  Here are the links:

The Takers

Lost Days

Important Dates
The contest ends on April 8.  I’ll announce the winner on April 11.

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And the winner of the Kindle2 is….

The entries have been counted, sorted, filed, and dumped into a space age tumbling machine to mix them up all professional like, and we have a winner. To find out who the lucky so and so is all you have to do is watch the video below. Thanks to everyone who participated. We had close to 1100 views for the video on Youtube, and that’s pretty darn good when you consider that the only places I pimped the contest was here, Twitter, Facebook, and once on Scalzi’s site. Yay, web 2.0!

BTW – I will be using the paper again, so for those of you who are concerned that a truckload of trees gave their lives for a silly little contest, rest easy because they actually gave their lives for silly little first (and second and third) drafts of my books.

Win a Kindle 2 Contest

I’m extending the entry deadline for the “Win a Kindle 2 Contest.” Take note of the word “entry.” The drawing will still be on March 30, but the new deadline to get your correct answer to the qualifying question is March 22.

I am way behind on my emails and point tallies. Travel and my new book got in the way. I’ll plan the next contest much better next time. I’m going to try my hardest to get emails out to everyone by this Sunday.

Here are the details on the contest:

Qualifying Question: What species of nonhuman primate appears in the video?

Important Links:

The video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3rL6tHwmx4&feature=channel_page

The book: PDF – https://rwridley.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/the-takers-by-rw-ridley.pdf

The book: Paperback – http://www.amazon.com/Takers-Oz-Chronicles-Book/dp/1419609580/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233599288&sr=1-1

The official Kindle Contest email address is kindlecontest@rwridley.com.

To Qualify – Identify the type of primate in the video (chimpanzee, gorilla or orangutan). If you respond with the correct answer, you will be entered into the drawing. Please send me an email with the subject line “I know the primate.” If this is not the subject line, your answer will not be accepted. In addition, if you earned spread the word bonuses for the last competition and you provide the correct answer to the qualifying question, the spread the word bonuses will rollover to this drawing.

Names – You must provide your first and last name. If you did not enter the last Kindle Drawing please let me know in the email.

How to earn 10 bonus entries – Tell me the name of the character in the book that the primate in the video represents.

How to earn 5 bonus entries – Enter “Never say their name!” in the comment section of the Youtube page (not my blog). Put your first and last initial in comment section to identify yourself. Here’s an example of how it would look if I left a comment: “Never say their name! – RR”. Be sure to let me know in the email that you have entered the comment on Youtube so I can track your bonus points. In addition, make sure I know your initials.

Spread the word bonuses – for each person that sends me an email telling me you told them about the contest, you get a bonus entry. As was done for the last drawing, the people you are telling about the competition should have the subject line “Loop me in on the Kindle Contest” on their emails.

Kindles? – If the video receives 5,000 views, I will be giving away a second Kindle for this drawing. In this case, if you win the first one, you will not be eligible to win the second one.

How to be disqualified – if you give the answer to the qualifying question in any public forum, blog, message board, website and/ or email, I will disqualify you from the competition. How will I know? Trust me, I’ll know. I have found that the entrants themselves have been a great source of information.

Dates – Entries will be accepted until March 15 22. The actually drawing will be on March 30.

Win a Free Kindle 2 – Video

I guess the word is getting out because the inquiries about the Kindle 2 are flooding in.  Here’s a link to the contest rules.  You should know it doesn’t cost anything to participate, and it’s extremely easy to qualify.  If you know your apes, you’re in.  Here’s a video of what you could win: